Hot Flight: The quest for Nuclear Powered Flight

Convair at Fort Worth, TX

Commissioned September 5, 1951

You don’t even know how excited I am that they finally declassified this video!

TWA Moonliner Tomorrowland Poster
DisneyLand, CA
1955
The TWA Moonliner, a collaboration between Wernher Von Braun and Walt Disney was a vision of 1950’s space transportation to the moon, powered by an atomic nuclear thermal rocket and borrowing aerodynamic cues from Von Braun’s V-2, it gave us a glimpse of Tomorrow, Today!

TWA Moonliner Tomorrowland Poster

DisneyLand, CA

1955

The TWA Moonliner, a collaboration between Wernher Von Braun and Walt Disney was a vision of 1950’s space transportation to the moon, powered by an atomic nuclear thermal rocket and borrowing aerodynamic cues from Von Braun’s V-2, it gave us a glimpse of Tomorrow, Today!

Air Force Personnel Hammer Test at General Dynamics
Kearny Mesa, San Diego
1959
"The rigorous testing of the Atlas missile is only reaffirmed when the Air Force Generals took testing into their own hands."

Air Force Personnel Hammer Test at General Dynamics

Kearny Mesa, San Diego

1959

"The rigorous testing of the Atlas missile is only reaffirmed when the Air Force Generals took testing into their own hands."

lightthiscandle:


"Mercury Astronaut John Glenn testing the Gimbaling Rig in the Altitude Wind Tunnel at NASA’s Lewis Research Center on February 23, 1960."

John Glenn is having fun.


John Glenn always reminds me of Spike Jones, and I don’t know why!

lightthiscandle:

"Mercury Astronaut John Glenn testing the Gimbaling Rig in the Altitude Wind Tunnel at NASA’s Lewis Research Center on February 23, 1960."

John Glenn is having fun.

John Glenn always reminds me of Spike Jones, and I don’t know why!

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Project Orion Scaled Conventional Explosive Tests

Point Loma Atlas Test Stand, CA

1958

for-all-mankind:

Images from yesterday’s sucessful Atlas V launch carrying the US Air Force’s DMSP F19 weather satellite. The payload itself had been sitting in a storage facility since the mid 1990’s, as previous satellite sin the series lasted longer than anticipated.

I’ve actually used some of these satellites for space weather analysis before, hopefully they keep ‘em coming!

ABMA to MSFC transfer proceedings
Feat. Major General August Schomburg and Wernher Von Braun
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
July 1, 1960
"but something touched me deep inside, the day that ABMA died."

ABMA to MSFC transfer proceedings

Feat. Major General August Schomburg and Wernher Von Braun

Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

July 1, 1960

"but something touched me deep inside, the day that ABMA died."

Trifft Mich auf dem Mond Record Sleeve
Wernher and Maria von Braun
1969

Trifft Mich auf dem Mond Record Sleeve

Wernher and Maria von Braun

1969

So I managed to salvage this from going to a scrap heap, a C. 1930/40 Burroughs Mark V Electronic Adding Machine!

Probably brought to the current campus from the original Embry Riddle School of Aviation based in the Fritz Hotel, after remodeling the new labs, they’ve decided to throw it with a bunch of empty computer shells-

Now I’ve just got to figure out how to repair some of the springs and recalibrate some of the pivot arms!

for-all-mankind:

While road-tripping throughout central Florida this past Sunday (23 March, 2014), I encountered a unique and totally retro neon starburst sign in the parking lot of a Mercury car dealership.

Doing some research, I found that the Rotosphere, or “Sputnik” sign, was installed in the early 1960’s. Of the 230 manufactured, only a dozen were left standing by 2007, and of those, only three had remained operational.

For more operation on the roto-sphere signs, along with some photos of other surviving signs, visit here.

For an article of when Lakeland’s roto-sphere was reinstalled, go here.

Both photos by me!

I love old googie neon signs- Great pictures!

Martin Marietta Titan I with B-52 Stratofortress 
Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
C. 1962

Martin Marietta Titan I with B-52 Stratofortress

Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

C. 1962

Convair/General Dynamics Atlas Booster Testing
Sycamore Canyon Testing Facility, CA
1955-1969
The idea was that if the rocket somehow came loose or exploded, the tank could quickly protect the filming personnel, as well as provide communications equipment. But in reality, I think it’s just because they thought it was really cool to have a tank and rocket in the same picture.

Convair/General Dynamics Atlas Booster Testing

Sycamore Canyon Testing Facility, CA

1955-1969

The idea was that if the rocket somehow came loose or exploded, the tank could quickly protect the filming personnel, as well as provide communications equipment. But in reality, I think it’s just because they thought it was really cool to have a tank and rocket in the same picture.

Minuteman I Testing

Edwards AFB, CA

1960

The tests were only designed to validate launch characteristics, so cables were attached to restrain the missile’s flight.

senior-crown:

theswinginsixties:

Larry Hagman as Major Tony Nelson in ‘I Dream of Jeannie’.

Tony Nelson had my dream life: he was a USAF astronaut who lived in Cocoa Beach with a voluptuous blonde who obeyed his every command. This show was, is and always will be one of my all-time favorites.

And Don’t forget his B-e-a-utiful 1965 Pontiac GTO!

senior-crown:

theswinginsixties:

Larry Hagman as Major Tony Nelson in ‘I Dream of Jeannie’.

Tony Nelson had my dream life: he was a USAF astronaut who lived in Cocoa Beach with a voluptuous blonde who obeyed his every command. This show was, is and always will be one of my all-time favorites.

And Don’t forget his B-e-a-utiful 1965 Pontiac GTO!

for-all-mankind:

nucleargearing:

senior-crown:

nucleargearing:

So guess who not only got an interview with ULA for controlling the International Space Station, but also learned his research for Artificial Aurora Triggering using Ionospheric Feedback Instabilities got one more round of campaign funding from DARPA!

THIS GUY.

What does ULA do with the ISS?

They apparently are the current contractors, but my interviewer said they really don’t get too involved, it’s more of a placeholder. He also said that either Boeing or I *Think* Lockheed was taking over soon-

They don’t really get involved at all. If anything, they’re the contractors for commercial crew, but that’s about the extent of it.

Regardless, that’s incredible!

Thank you! Cross my fingers that I get it, and that my Kazak Research Mentor won’t talk me out of it after telling me horror stories of his friend who worked on the Mir program when the Soviet Union Collapsed.